My first memories from cheerleading

(from the left) Sylvia Jung, Jane Chuyn, Christina Suh, Michelle Suh (me), Jinhee Yoo, Minji Kim, Diana Lee, Christine Kim

The cheerleading season is one of my best memories until this point in my freshmen year. When looking back to this period, I can remember numerous incidents that I long for already.

I am currently in the JV cheerleading squad as a flyer. I remember my friends and me jumping up and down after noticing our names in the list of JV members that got accepted after the audition. I first, I thought this cheerleading season would involve only of happiness and joyful moments. I was totally wrong. Our JV members started off with the cheerleading pre-season. This pre-season was pretty harsh. Those conditioning that we did every practice made my muscles sore from head to toe. Also, unfortunately, some of the members started to quit. We were eventually left of only 10 members. Even though there were some sighs and anxiety due to this, the rest of the members did not feel frustration but we tried even harder instead. After the constant conditionings, we felt ourselves getting stronger and muscular. With our enhanced fitness, we started to try stunts, tumbling, and learn miscellaneous cheers. This was the fun part. I started having more interest and enthusiasm when we learned new skills. I was chosen to be a flyer from that point. I was very excited for these cool stunts that we tried out even though each stunt required a lot of hard work. As we became better, we tried out more and more advanced stunts.


(Bases from the left) Christina Suh, Jane Chuyn, Jennifer Suh (flyer) Michelle Suh (me)

Here it goes again. After all the fun from new stunts, new dances, and games, another miserable moment came by. I had a concussion after a fall from an attempt for a twist cradle. For four to five seconds, I was blacked out. I wasn’t able to see a thing except for a black background. I was extremely shocked at that moment when I did not know what kind of serious consequence there will be after this fall. After those several seconds, I slowly regained my sight but I started to burst out crying. I slowly began to experience the extreme soreness on the back of my head. I did not have a clue on how and where I fell. However, by hearing what my friends say, I had fallen on the ground by having my head towards the ground. Fortunately, the concussion did not worsen and I am now recovered from all the pain.

Other then these events, there were more other miscellaneous incidents that involved laughter, sadness, frustration, glee, etc. After all of this hard work, we eventually made our routine for the KAIAC and came in third place. The cheerleaders are currently training in the off-season and I really long for the next season to come.